Does anyone remember the 1986 Vaseline intensive Care commercial which starts with a woman saying “Sometimes your skin gets so dry, you can actually scratch the word “dry” right on your hand?” Then the camera pans down, and sure enough, there it is; D-R-Y written plain as day right on the woman’s flaky skin. Is that actually possible? If you’re suffering from dry skin this winter, it is not necessary that you put this barbaric practice to the test to realize it, but hopefully, you are able to do something to relieve it. Let’s talk about the best oils for dry winter skin.
Among the many benefits of coconut oil are its abilities to soothe sensitive skin and eczema and to moisturize dry hair. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist recommends it to her clients, straight from the grocery store as a body oil, adding that, “It’s fatty acids make it helpful for anyone with eczema.”
In addition, according to Perry Romanowksi, a Chicago cosmetic chemist, “It’s 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and provide flexibility and strength,” He instructs clients to use it on dry ends, to prevent flyways or for deep conditioning in the shower.
Argan oil is best at banishing dry skin, dry hair, and reducing fine lines. Extracted from the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E. Joshua Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center explains, “The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy collagen, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen.”
The emolliency of avocado oil makes it the perfect weapon against irritated, dry, and sensitive skin Jennifer Linder, MD, says, “The oil is high in Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decreases inflammation.”
A fragrant way of helping the acne or irritation prone skin, lavender oil helps to control the production of sebum and soothe skin irritation and also makes an excellent partner for other skin products. Linder says, “It is thought to help aid in the absorption of active ingredients into the skin.” he adds that lavender oil is also, “a natural antiseptic and disinfectant.”
Flaxseed oil has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which makes it great for the heart, as well as the skin. Dr. Howard Sobel, MD., recommends it for his patients with sensitive irritated skin, or skin condition like dermatitis and eczema. He talks of its anti-inflammatory properties and mention studies that show that, “if taken daily, it can improve skin conditions such as eczema in just three months.”
Pronounced ho-Ho-ba (accent on the Ho), jojoba oil is technically a wax. However, because its chemical structure is so similar to the natural oil in our skin, it is absorbed easily. It is best for general dryness and contains vitamins B and E, as well as mineral like copper and zinc to make skin stronger.
Best for those with very dry skin, olive oil, especially extra virgin serves as a great all around natural moisturizer. Dr. Sobel says, “Its super rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. It is also well absorbed by our skin because of its similarity to our natural skin oils and studies show that it may be helpful in prevention of skin cancer.
Get your natural glow on this winter and tell us how you keep your season bright! We love to hear from you!